Saturday, 5 March 2016

Market Brief for 8th March 2016

Markets on the backdrop of Union Budget 2016 rebounded sharply during last week to finish the week on robust note, up above almost 7 percent. This was one of the highest weekly gains since past many years. The rally was mainly led by banking stocks and battered down metal stocks. The Union Budget, although was a neutral budget, but it projected a fiscal deficit target of 3.5 percent as a part of fiscal consolidation, and announcement of INR 25,000 crores infusion of capital to give flip to banking sector stocks, as well as talks about merging PSU banks gave a boost to the banking stocks. Moreover the firm metal prices globally saw improvement in the metal stocks. One more point which went in the favour of the markets were the strong rumours, that of increase in capital gains tax on investment in the markets, which eventually did not happen, and markets took the news cheerfully.  Although the markets gave a smart recovery, the worst is still not behind us. It needs to be seen whether RBI reduces the interest rate, how the forthcoming quarterly results of companies turn out to be, and how the monsoon factor plays out. Global economic markets will also be watched closely.

Technically, the markets being oversold and having maintained the support of 6960, recovered sharply on the back of bear covering and in anticipation of better things to come. Where levels are concerned, the market is poised against the key resistance of 7600, and likely to react from thereon to test lower levels. On the lower side, there are multiple supports right from 7200 to 7400. As long as the markets are above 7200, it is in the firm hands of the Bulls, and markets are likely to see higher levels in times to come. The broader term range for the market is 7200 to 7600, and the short term range is between 7300 and 7500.     

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Budget 2016-2017: Six key effects on the common man's wallet

In a Union Budget that clearly indicated a shift in focus to the rural economy, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced a slew of taxes and cess to be imposed on services to help rural welfare programmes. 

 Islami Tijara takes a look at some of the highlights from the tax proposals in the Union Budget 2016-17.

1.      Income tax remains unchanged
Income tax slabs for the financial year 2016-17 has remained unchanged, the finance minister announced in the Parliament today.  

2.      House rent allowance cheer
Jaitley said that the tax exemption for house rent allowance will be raised to Rs 60,000 from the current Rs 24,000-level. The move is likely to bring in relief to the common man.

3.      Service tax
The government, in the Union Budget for 2016-17, decided to keep service tax rates unchanged at 14.5% (14% service tax + 0.5% Swacch Bharat Cess) Certain announcements also ensured there were some ‘taxing times’ ahead for the common man.

4.      Buying a car costlier now
An additional 1% tax on luxury cars above Rs 10 lakh was imposed by the Centre in the Union Budget today. The Centre also imposed an additional infrastructure cess of 1% on small petrol cars and a 2.5% cess on diesel cars. 

5.      Krishi Kalyan Tax
Jaitley announced a 5% tax on all taxable services under the Krishi Kalyan tax in a bid to benefit the farming community.

6.      Cigarettes to cost more
Excise duties on various tobacco products other than beedi have been raised by about 10 to 15%, Jaitley said in the Parliament.